(A) Management & Humanities Bldg.
(B) Health Science Bldg.
(C) Computer Science Bldg.
(E) Administration Bldg.
(G) Asia Museum of Modern Art
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(A) Management and Humanities Building
The Management and Humanities Building is the first building of Asia University. The entrances of the building are very elegant, each mainly with the classical baroque structure of huge Ionic-order columns.
The main entrance of the building, regarded as the door of the College of Management, faces the south. With the structure of a triangular-shaped gable, the entrance consists mainly of a high top, a horizontal beam, and many pillars. There is a scenic garden in front of the building, which includes a large square space paved with grey bricks and a square grass yard. The yard, being decorated with two statues "A Graceful Phoenix is Coming" and "A Shepherd Boy" created respectively by the famous artists Yuyu Yang and Hsu-huei Wang, is chic and sets off the beauty of the building.
The west entrance of the building is regarded as the door of the College of Humanities and Social Science, which is constructed with four columns supporting a horizontal beam, forming a baroque-style structure as well. Before the entrance is a platform, followed by a square with geometric-shaped plants. The square is used as the pathway from the first and the second dormitories. Many campus activities are held in the square.
The north side of the building has a "virtual entrance" with a structure of six pillars of the Ionic order supporting a horizontal beam. The virtual entrance was prepared in advance for future use as a door connected to a to-be-constructed artistic overhead path crossing the Leoufeng Road which cuts the campus into two parts. The path leads to a door of the gymnasium in another part of the school campus.
Surprisingly pretty are four bushes of hedge bamboo in the middle courtyard of the building, which is a recreational area for students. There are flower beds aside the corridors on each floor of the building. Embedded in the flower beds on the first floor are coral plants with cute red flowers, on the second and third floors are common lantana plants, on the fourth floor are common allamanda plants, on the fifth floor are primrose jasmine flowers, and finally on the sixth floor are wedelia plants. The plants fall down from the beds and wave in the air, forming a dynamic flower scene which contrasts with the white walls of the corridors.
At the back of this building, there exists a lotus pond which, like a mirror, reflects a pretty image of the building. A pavilion appears at a corner of the pond, lotus flowers float on the pond water, and willow trees make shades around. Students come to have rests in the pavilion, read books there, and appreciate the floral scene outside. What a happy campus life!
At the left-hand side of the front door of the building are several camphor trees, and under them are a number of stone tables. The nearby area is paved with white pebble stones and surrounded with beautiful flowers, where students may meet after class and talks, creating a good time in the university career.
Finally, it is mentioned that at the front door sides of the building, there stand two finely-carved statues of figures from Greek mythology with alive looks and graceful postures, just like two guards of the building which are worth close observation and appreciation.
(B) Health Science Building
The Health Science Building and the Computer Science Building were constructed integrally to be of a single structure with two courtyards and two entrances, one entrance for the College of Health Science, and the other for the College of Computer Science. Both entrances were built to be of the Baroque style.
The entrance of Health Science Building faces the north and has a frontal gray-colored wall consisting of four Doric-order columns and a horizontal beam, yielding a thrifty but solemn atmosphere. There is a big grass field before the entrance, which is surrounded by Madagascar Almond trees and leisure chairs. The field is a good place frequently used for large-scale meetings, parties, festivals, etc.
At the left-hand side of the stairway in front of the building is a statue "Teenager" created by a famous artist Ten- Chuan Yu, which portrays a lovely child looking at a singing bird. The statue serves as a foil to the solemn door hall and forms an interesting contrast. At the corners of the stairways, there lay two love-story statues of the Greek mythology, each including a couple of features with intoxicating and aspiring postures.
The courtyard of the building is surrounded by dragon juniper trees, and located at the middle of the yard is a statue " A Graceful Phoenix is Coming" by the great artist Yuyu Yang (smaller than the copy in the front yard of the Management and Humanities Building). The phoenix statue looks like going to fly away with wide-spanned wings, signifying the endeavor of the university in high education to become an internationally famous university.
At a side of the courtyard is a corridor, of which the left is a series of French windows, and the right is a series of red-brick poles. Going through the corridor with a mood of ease, one may visit the irregular exhibition of teaching and research achievements of the faculty on the way or observe the green scene formed by the plants embedded in the flower beds on the building floors.
There is a coffee shop at a corner of the courtyard. It is a good place to have a tea time with friends while sitting under the red umbrellas provided the shop.
(C) Computer Science Building
The Computer Science Building and the Health Science Building were constructed integrally to be of a single structure with two courtyards and two entrances, one entrance for the College of Health Science, and the other for the College of Computer Science. Both entrances were built to be of the Baroque style.
The entrance of the Computer Science Building is at the east side, facing the Administration Building. Looking like the famous Pantheon in Rome, the body of the entrance is a transparent octagonal pavilion with a mix of classical and modern flavors, showing a sort of frequently-changing beauty.
Located at the middle of the pavilion is a statue called "Life" created by a famous artist Kuo-Hua Chen. The statue is mainly composed of uprising twisted steel curves looking like the DNA structure of human beings, which may be regarded to symbolize the growth of life.
There is a courtyard in the middle part of the building and at a side of it is a stage for use in various campus activities. Like the Health science Building, common lantana plants are grown in the flower beds on each floor of the building, resulting in pretty waterfall-like green leaf bands with yellow flowers waving in the air.
In front of the building entrance is also a big grass field, through which there is a white-pebble path leading to the Administration Building. The field is so green that when walking on it, everyone feels relaxed and joyous.
Beside the building, there exists a secluded lake called Taiji. The lake is full of lotus flowers, and a garden beside it is full of roses. After class, one may take a look at the lake through the classroom window or have a walk along the lakeside, either way appropriate for appreciating the scenic views and forgetting the hardship of learning in school.
At the back of the building, there is a little forest. At a side of the forest, there is an around-campus walk with cassia fistula trees planted at its twosides, which are in full blossom of golden shower flowers in early summer. At the other side of the forest, there is a quiet path along which sounds of wind and water are audible. What a good spot for love dating or pressure relief!
Constructed with white granite stones, the outside wall of the gymnasium is of the shape of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The wall encloses the main building of the gymnasium and forms a special scenic view which matches the Greek-style buildings in other parts of the campus. With this Colosseum-shaped gymnasium, the entire school becomes a campus of the Roman-Greek style.
More specifically, the wall has two levels and includes detailed structures like arches, corridors, passages, etc., which, when viewed from a distance, looks so similar to the Colosseum relic in Rome that every passerby is attracted to watch it.
To appreciate the beauty of the Colosseum-like gymnasium, one has to understand the origin of development of the "arch wall" which ancient Romans constructed for the Colosseum. Such a type of wall resulted mainly from the need of insulating the pillar structure in a building from the nature by constructing walls between pillars, forming a series of wall-pillar combinations with an arch appearing in between every two pillars.
It is meaningful for the gymnasium to have the Colosseum structure as its outer appearance, because the Colosseum signifies ancient Romans' sports contests and knowing this hopefully encourages people visiting the gymnasium to conduct physical training and fitness keeping there.
At the entrance of the gymnasium, there is a statue "Wide Heart Embraces All" created by the great artist Yuyu Yang, which has the meaning that a participant in a contest must be able to tolerate failures before he/she can succeed.
(E) Administration Building
The Administration Building is the highest building in Asia University. It has an architecture of the Baroque style, with an impressing high-rising structure. A main feature of the building is its frontal face constructed mainly with giant Corinthian-order pillars with a height of three stories. The central outer part of the building is a verdigris dome, accompanied by two matching towers at the sides. The entire building is full of a solemn atmosphere, and looks like a palace in Europe.
A circular-shaped grass area appears in front of the building. A wide stairway leads to the main body of the building. Climbing up the stairs, one can see two corridors consisting of the mentioned Corinthian-order pillars at the sides, which are tall, grave, and astonishing.
Moving forward, one comes to a wide circular hall. A star shape enclosed by crossing curves of a geometric pattern is seen on the floor there. In the middle of the hall is placed a famous statue "The Thinker" created by the world-known artist Rodin. Above the statue is the dome, and located at the two sides of the hall are the Library and the Art Center. Strolling in them, one can enjoy the atmosphere of art and culture there.
Standing beside the statue, one can observe the pretty inner part of the high-rising dome which contrasts keenly with "The Thinker" who bows the head. The open space of the dome works like a magnet to draw cool wind from the exterior of the building, attracting not only students and teachers to stroll here, but marrying couples from outside the campus to take wedding-gown photos around the hall.
Turning back to see the grass area in front of the building, one can find its circular shape which is just the geometry usually adopted for a garden by a Baroque-style architecture. The band circle enclosing the area, which consists of 48 cypress trees, forms a contrast with the dome of the building and shows harmonic beauty of gardening and architecture.
Walking out the hall, one can see a semi-circular platform where one can observe most part of the campus, including the Taiji Lake, an artificial arch-shaped waterfall, the Health Science Building, the Computer Science Building, and the grass fields before the two buildings. Looking farther, one can see the pretty around-campus rice fields and even the two highways nearby ¾ the2nd Freeway and the Taichung-Changhua Freeway.
Within the building are several organization units, including the Administration Center, the International Conference Hall, a bookstore, the College of Creative Design, and the International College, in addition to the Library and the Art Center mentioned previously.
It is worth mention that there are many world-class art collections in the Library and the Art Center, like the statue "Poem of Victoria" by Armen, the statue "Eternal Spring" by Rodin, and so on. One may want to appreciate them in a easy mood to nourish the soul of art.
As a summary, no matter when seen from the front or from the back, the Administration Building is equally magnificent, and within it, one can definitely feel the determination of Asia University to make every effort in running a high-quality and world-class school.
The front entrance of each of the four dormitories of Asia University was constructed to have a special feature, though all having the same Baroque style.
The square in front of the First Dormitory has a rectangular-shaped beam structure, with three of its four horizontal beams being attached to the walls of the dormitory. Two of the four beams are supported by four pairs of Ionic-order poles. The atmosphere of the square is classic and elegant.
The Second Dormitory also has a square on which there is instead a circular beam structure supported by four pairs of Ionic-order pillars, yielding a feeling of rotundity and harmony. Furthermore, there is a circular pattern on the floor of the square, which is visually a very beautiful geometric design.
The front entrance of the Third Dormitory has a high weather shed structure supported by four Ionic-order pillars, and its side entrance has a Greek structure.
The entrance of the most recently constructed Fourth Dormitory has the same structure as that of the Third Dormitory, also being very elegant. All the architectures of the four dormitories are uniform and match those of the other buildings in the campus, forming a classically pretty Roman-Greek campus with unified styles.
(G) Asia Museum of Modern Art (designed by Tadao Ando)
The world-famous architect Tadao Ando from Japan was invited by Asia University to design his first university museum in the world. Construction of the Asia University Art Museum designed by him began in February 2011 and was finished in October 2013.
The main body of the museum is composed of three regular triangles, which are piled up to form three stories, with each story arranged in a distinct direction and designed in a different style, forming a very eye-catching appearance.
To match the local natural environment, the building is to be constructed with fair-faced concrete preferred by Mr. Ando. It is also desired to create interesting space by the use of the three triangles; therefore, within the middle area of the three stacked triangular structures, a courtyard is created through which rain is allowed to fall directly into the building and people may see the blue sky as well.
For the design of the exterior of the building, a large amount of glass and V-shaped structural units are used, which, in addition to working as support to the over-hanging beams, offer comfortable shelters from intensive sunshine and hot weather in Taiwan.
This triangular-shaped art museum, once completed, will face the nearby Baroque dome of the Administration Building, create a sort of "confronting harmony," and become a new landmark of middle Taiwan. (Updated March 29, 2021)